November 15, 2013
This was my first time donating blood. I haven't for several years because I thought I was anemic. Turns out it was nothing of the sort - just a food allergy. Now that that's taken care of, I can finally donate blood. I went after work and went through the process - arrive, read the information, interview, health check, blood draw, snack, and leave. I set up an appointment online, which helped. Went through all the interview and whatnot, which was simple and easy. Once I was laying down, it was even easier. The needle scared me at first, but you barely feel it. I wasn't dizzy or nauseous or anything. Taking the needle out was easy too - didn't even feel it! I went to the area for a snack and a drink (even though I can't eat the snacks due to that food allergy I mentioned). I just took it easy, and then my husband picked me up afterwards. We went to dinner. It was a great experience. And I learned I'm O-!